The World of the Shorebirds

The World of the Shorebirds

by Harry Thurston
     
 

Shorebirds are known for their swift flight, their piercing cries, and their extravagantly long legs and bills. They are also known for their spectacular migrations, which may take them from the Canadian High Arctic to the tip of South America, spanning 15,000 miles or more on their round trip. Magnificently illustrated with some of the best photographs of shorebirds…  See more details below

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Shorebirds are known for their swift flight, their piercing cries, and their extravagantly long legs and bills. They are also known for their spectacular migrations, which may take them from the Canadian High Arctic to the tip of South America, spanning 15,000 miles or more on their round trip. Magnificently illustrated with some of the best photographs of shorebirds in the world, The World of the Shorebirds illuminates the mystery of this migration, along with many other aspects of North American shorebirds' lives.

Award-winning author Harry Thurston examines the dazzling diversity of shorebirds, looks at the birds' obsessive feeding behavior, necessitated by their long migrations and the need to accumulate reserves of fat, and describes the sometimes-bizarre mating patterns of various species. He also describes the epic migrations of shorebirds as they travel south for the winter and then back north to breed and take advantage of the abundance of food produced by long hours of sunlight. Finally, Thurston examines the threats to shorebird habitat from agriculture, urban development, power projects, pollution, and recreation and describes the efforts to conserve critical wetlands throughout the world.

Harry Thurston's elegant, authoritative text is accompanied by color photographs of the many species of shorebirds as they probe in the mud for their dinner, flock across the skies, or stand silhouetted against a sunset. The book also includes photographs of the birds' natural habitat and of the other animals that share this habitat. Together, text and photographs provide a tantalizing look at the world of the restless, roving shorebirds.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Each volume is written by a distinguished expert in the field and contains a rich array of marvelous color photos; each is priced at $27.50.
School Library Journal
YAThe large, full-color photographs in this excellent series are sure to catch the attention of even the most casual browsers. Readable texts explore the creatures' habitats, behaviors, and their complex relationships with their main predators, humans. Historical background is given as is a plea for ecological conservation. Photographs are well captioned. Each book lists the environmental organizations that are working to preserve the animals under discussion.
Booknews
Explores the diversity of shore birds the world over, looking at their feeding behavior, their mating patterns, and their migrations. Examines threats to their habitat from agriculture, urban development, pollution, and recreation, and describes efforts to conserve wetlands. Illustrated with a wealth of color photos of birds in their natural habitat. For general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871569011
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Publication date:
10/08/1996
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
9.84(w) x 9.76(h) x 0.66(d)

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